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Shanghai Tower

Gensler

Asia | Shanghai

Describing a high-rise building designed by a colleague, Louis Sullivan - dubbed the “father of the skyscraper” - is quoted as saying: “Here is a man for you to look at, a virile force, an entire male. It stands in physical fact, a monument to trade, to the organized commercial spirit, to the power and progress of the age, to the strength and resource of individuality and force of character. Therefore I have called it, in a world of barren pettiness, a male, for it sings the song of procreant power, as others have squealed of miscegenation”. (Kindergarten Chats, 1901) 

Already in the early 20th century, Shanghai’s Central Business District saw many skyscrapers spring up, medieval Gothic Cathedrals offering their sacrifice to the new God that is financial power. 

Located in the Lujiazui financial district, the...

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